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As a retired educator, Arnold Butler knows what the Inglewood School District needs to prepare its students for the real world.
Education is the passport to one's future and it has been the lifeblood and passion of Arnold Butler, a member of the Inglewood School Board. Butler has stellar credentials that qualify him to run for re-election for Inglewood School Board Seat Number One. With 45 years experience in the field of education, including 23 years with the Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD) and 13 with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Butler is uniquely committed to the advancement of the students of the IUSD. His presence on the school board will continue to provide a first rate academic environment to the district.
Most recently, Butler served as chief of staff/special assistant to the district superintendent where he focused on the district's budget, school construction and creating additional magnet schools at the secondary level. Among his priorities, Butler says he wants to improve students' abilities in math, science and English; establish continuity in preparing student's transition to the next level; establish magnet programs that will attract and retain high-achieving students; and improve salaries for teachers and staff in order to maintain qualified, satisfied personnel.
Butler has a holistic approach to education which entails involving the total student, not just the traditional classroom learning. He explained, "There are other aspects of education that help students learn including the environment in which they work, their psychological
status, their home environment, their readiness to learn, their overall health issues, and things like nutrition." His goal is to create an environment where children not only achieve, but also excel.
His experience is derived from serving as principal of Monroe Magnet Middle School and Hillcrest Continuation High School. Butler established Monroe as a magnet school, the first in the district. While working there, he created a positive academic environment, exposed students to foreign languages, initiated remedial and computer literacy programs, and broadened the students' view of the world through different types of field trips.
He was also the assistant principal of Inglewood and Morningside High Schools. Both parents and staff have given Butler high performance grades when it comes to his qualities as an educator and an administrator. A parent with three children attending Monroe said that she noticed a great deal of improvement after Butler arrived. She said, "In the early 90s, Monroe had a bad reputation, but when Mr. Butler arrived, he let the undesirables know that things would change. Stressing academic excellence, he showed the students the world was larger than their neighborhood, turning Monroe into a model school. After that the school had a waiting list of students wishing to attend."
Dr. Paul Possemato, interim superintendent of IUSD who has known Butler for several years, said, "Arnold is an extremely intelligent person. He's clear-cut, precise and an excellent educator. His strong background in Inglewood's history and politics, school and community issues was a tremendous asset to me as interim superintendent."
As Butler prepares to run for re-election to the school board, he is mindful of some of the shortcomings at IUSD. "We are lacking right now because of mistakes made due to poor leadership. Given the right leadership, Inglewood has the potential of being an outstanding school district."
A New Orleans native, Butler has traveled far since graduating from Dillard University with a B. S. degree; he also holds a M. S. degree from Pepperdine University. Education has been his calling and he is looking forward to continue serving the students on the school board at IUSD.